MU sets carbon reduction goal by 2015

Thursday, January 20, 2011 | 6:41 a.m. CST; updated 11:38 a.m. CST, Thursday, January 20, 2011

COLUMBIA — MU wants to reduce its carbon emissions by 20 percent by the year 2015 as part of a national initiative.

Chancellor Brady Deaton was one of more than 650 college and university leaders to sign the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment two years ago.

School officials report an 8 percent reduction in carbon emissions from 2008 to 2010.

The university's plan calls for reducing campus coal use while increasing woody biomass use, designing more energy efficient buildings and upgrading mechanical ventilation systems.


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Ellis Smith January 20, 2011 | 7:16 a.m.

An even larger reduction would be possible if instead of "woody biomass" the switch were to geothermal; however, that may not be technically feasible at the Columbia campus.

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